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Afghanistan Declassified: A Guide to America's Longest War Hardcover – September 22, 2011
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"Afghanistan Declassified is a superb guide to understanding America's longest war. A detailed study of that battle-scarred country's history and tribes, it helps us understand how, like the Soviets, the U.S. has become ensnared in this dysfunctional society."—Richard A. Clarke, former U.S. chief counter-terrorism advisor and author of Against All Enemies
"A useful, well-written, and well-researched primer on Afghanistan."—Peter Bergen, author of The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict Between America and Al Qaeda
"[Afghanistan Declassified's] style, depth, and anecdotes make it a substantially better read than many other surveys of the country. . . . For what it sets out to do, it succeeds very well."—Ronald Neumann, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan
"Williams's work adds personal experience and his deep knowledge of the culture and history of the country as he travels it, describing historical sites, a colorful, friendly people, and their sometimes friendly leaders."—Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Brian Glyn Williams is Professor of Islamic History at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.
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I'd encourage anyone with even the idlest of passing interest in Afghanistan & its stormy present & past to pick this book up without hesitation.
I began questioning the legitimacy of the author's book when I read on page 102 Mullah Omar wearing the cloak of the Prophet Muhammad being "donned for the first time in recorded history." This is untrue. It has been recorded in history as being worn before, for example, by Kind Dost Muhammad Khan in 1834. That fact can be found in In the Graveyard of Empires by Seth G. Jones. Even Rashid mentions in his book that the cloak was out of its tomb 60 years prior to Mullah Omar wearing it. There is a part in the book were he mentions US troops not being involved enough throughout the local Afghan villages in the countryside. Please refer to The Wrong War by Bing West to dispute this statement. There is also no notes section or bibliography in this book. The book constantly repeats information thoughout it as if it was copied and pasted. There are also spelling and punctuation errors that found throughout it.